9" Tall Tyrannosaur (Daspletosaurus) Vertebrae - Montana

This is nicely preserved, 9" tall vertebrae of the huge Tyrannosaur, Daspletosaurus. It was collected from the Two Medicine Formation in Pondera County, Montana this past summer. About half of the process is still present. There is some minor crack repair and gap filll restoration in the lower part of the process.

Comes with a custom metal display stand.

Daspletosaurus was a genus of tyrannosaurid dinosaur that lived in western North America during the Late Cretaceous Period. The genus Daspletosaurus contains two species. Fossils of the earlier type species, D. torosus, have been found in Alberta, while fossils of the later second species, D. horneri, have been found only in Montana.

D. horneri holotype skull from Montana in Museum of the Rockies.  Creative Commons License
D. horneri holotype skull from Montana in Museum of the Rockies. Creative Commons License

Daspletosaurus is closely related to the larger and more recent tyrannosaurid Tyrannosaurus rex. Like most tyrannosaurids, Daspletosaurus was a multi-tonne bipedal predator equipped with dozens of large, sharp teeth. Daspletosaurus had the small forelimbs typical of tyrannosaurids, although they were proportionately longer than in other genera.

As an apex predator, Daspletosaurus was at the top of the food chain, probably preying on large dinosaurs like the ceratopsid Centrosaurus and the hadrosaur Hypacrosaurus. In some areas, Daspletosaurus coexisted with another tyrannosaurid, Gorgosaurus, though there is some evidence of niche differentiation between the two.
Daspletosaurus horneri
Pondera County, Montana
Two Medicine Formation, Judith River Group
9" tall including process, Centrum 3.2" wide
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